Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Feb 17, 2020

The Art of War - Sour About Life

Daily Devotionals

Monday, February 17

Genesis 13:14
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward.”

As you get ready begin a new week, do so with the intent of hearing from the Lord. As elementary as this may sound, most people fall into a mundane daily routine where life is put on auto pilot. In doing so, you’ll so find that you may go weeks, months, and even years without hearing a fresh Word from the Giver of life. Today’s text begins by simply stating, “The Lord said.” Most people, however, fail to realize that life’s destiny is found in the ‘The Lord saids’. He is constantly speaking to you about every minute detail of your life and all you have to do to experience victory in those details, is listen. He is concerned about everything from your marriage and children, to which route you’ll take to work the next day, and what you should eat for lunch. He has great plans that He wants to reveal to you but in order to develop faith strong enough accept them, you must first to recognize and acknowledge Him when He speaks. Everyone wants to know what His plans for their life are but very few want to give Him the opportunity to speak to them on a regular basis. If you’ll make it a point to start a continual daily dialogue with Him, He will begin imparting life into not only the little things that you may choose to ignore, but He will start downloading the greater plans and purposes that He has for your future. Just like every journey begins with a single step, every conversation starts with a single word. The first step in your journey should be preceded by the Word He is wanting you to hear. He is speaking, are you listening? - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Tuesday, February 18

Genesis 13:14
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward.”

In most cases, when the Lord speaks to you like in today’s scripture verse, He is trying to make sure you’re focussed in the right direction. Notice what He told Abraham. He said, “Lift up your eyes.” One of the greatest challenges any believer will face is keeping their focus on the Lord in the midst of all of the distractions that life can bring. Abram was in one of those difficult family situations with his nephew, Lot. Things had gotten to a point to where they had to go their separate ways. As trying and as heartbreaking as this had to have been, the Lord knew that the worst thing that Abram could do at that time would be to take his focus off of the One who could lead him into a place of healing and victory. No one is immune to the difficulties that life can bring, but at the same time, everyone has the ability to stay in tune with the One who can carry them through those difficulties. No matter what you’re going through, or how bad it may or may not seem, the key to successfully navigating through those times is the same. You must ‘Lift up your eyes’. Refuse to allow the trials and struggles to pull your focus off of the Lord. If your marriage is on the rocks…Lift up your eyes. If your kids are too much for you to handle…Lift up your eyes. If you job is sucking the life and joy out of you…Lift up your eyes. Make it a point to give Him the time and attention that you’ve been giving your problems. He will surely lead you out and give you a plan for success in the midst of them all. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Wednesday, February 19

Genesis 13:14
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward.”

The first eleven words of today’s verse say a whole lot more than what most people realize. When you take the time to examine it more closely, you’ll see that God started speaking after Abram had separated form Lot. This speaks volumes about how having improper relationships and priorities in your life can hinder you from hearing the voice of God. Lot was Abram’s nephew and he was more of a hinderance to Abram’s walk with God than a help. When you choose to give people and pleasures more of a voice or influence upon your thoughts and decisions than the Lord, they will crowd out His voice. He will not compete for your attention or affection. You must make the conscious decision to put Him in the place of highest regard when it comes to who or what you allow to have influence in your life. Even though He’s has every right to demand that you give Him your everything, He chooses to let you make that choice. What are the ‘Lots’ in your life right now? Who or what is competing for the place that only God should be holding your heart? Is it friendships from the life you used to live apart from God? Maybe it’s an addiction or habit that has a grip that you can’t seem to shake free from? It could even be your family. While some things or people should be completely separated from, others may just need to given proper boundaries. For instance, that old high school friend may just need to be let go, while your spouse should be simply lowered on the priority list to just below God instead of above Him. When you make it point to give the Lord top priority in your life, the things that are not of Him, that take life from you rather than give it, will no longer hinder your growth as a believer. Start making a list of the ‘Lots’ in your life and ask the Holy Spirit to empower to put them in their proper place. As you do, the voice of the Lord will become clearer and stronger and He will enable you to move into the destiny He has waiting for you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff.

Thursday, February 20

Genesis 13:15-17
15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. 16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”

In an effort to dodge taking responsibility for the lack of vision or movement in their lives, people will say that they’re waiting on God to do something. This, in fact, cannot be possible because God has already built a destiny into each and every person who has ever walked the earth. The breakdown occurs when through ignorance or simple rebelliousness people stop listening to and seeking Him. After Abram did what he had to do to position himself to hear from the Lord, God began to reveal Himself and His plans. It wasn’t a matter of how much God wanted to give Abram, it was a matter of how far Abram could see and how far he was willing to walk. You see, the plans of God are never hindered by God as much as they are not received by those who claim to follow Him. Instead of sitting back and waiting for God to move, you must ask Him where He wants to move you. While your life may not currently be in place that you feel is conducive to what He may show you, you can still start making choices that line up with it. Ask Him to help your lack of vision and faith and start listening for what He will speak. Write down what you feel like He’s telling you and ask Him to confirm it. If you’re married, do this together with your spouse as He will never tell you something that doesn’t include or involve them. Just like when he promised Abram offspring, this obviously wasn’t going to happen without his wife’s involvement. You’re only hindered by how far you can see and how far you’re willing to go. When you begin hearing from Him your faith will begin to see what He’s been wanting to show you all along. Stop waiting on Him to give you His plans, His plans are waiting on you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Friday, February 21

Genesis 13:18
So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time you’ve heard something said to effect of, “You shouldn’t put God in a box.” This is often mentioned when someone is casting a vision or speaking about faith. The problem with this mindset is that most people don’t have an issue with believing that God can do the impossible, they have trouble believing He can do it through them. As a believer, you can’t take the limits off of God if without taking them off of yourself. There’s only one way to free yourself from the box you’re in and that is to move. After God spoke to Abram, today’s text shows the first thing the he did. Abram packed up and moved. The Bible doesn’t say that God told him to, it simply states that Abram set himself in motion. He took God at His Word and starting moving toward what He saw God had for him. The boundaries he had placed on himself were no longer going to hold him captive. They same should be said for you. When the Lord shows you the great things He has set aside as part of your destiny that vision is going to require you to move far beyond the box or boundaries you’ve set up around you. You can be free from the confines of the life you’re currently living if you’ll begin to move in the direction that the Lord is showing you. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to physically relocate. It simply means that you begin to put your faith in action when it comes to stepping out and moving in the gifts and abilities that He’s built into who you are. Your life can be as limitless as your faith will allow it to be. The Lord will always guide, empower and direct you as long as there is movement on your part. Set your faith in motion and you’ll be amazed where He takes you. There isn’t a box big enough to contain what He has set aside for you. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff

Saturday, February 22

Psalm 121:1-2
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when stepping out into the life and calling God has for them is not seeking Him along the way. When they catch a glimpse of what the Lord is revealing to them, they rush off in excitement and anticipation, leaving God behind. God will never give you an assignment that He wants you to do for Him. Rather, everything that He has planned for you He wants you to do with Him. He loves you too much to send you off on your own. His plan is to always have you walk out your calling with Him being close by. Your relationship with Him should become stronger as you move into what He shows you, not more estranged. If you currently find yourself in the middle of what He’s called you to do but He’s nowhere in sight, then you’ve taken off on your own. He’s not hiding from you, as a matter of fact, He’s right where you left Him. If you’ll stop, take a breath, and look up to where He is, He’ll be right there waiting to help you. Give Him the opportunity to refresh and restore your relationship and pick back up where you left off. This time, be sure to include Him those plans that came from Him in the first place. There’s nothing impossible when you keep your relationship with Him the top priority as you work together to accomplish great thing for the Kingdom. - Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff